Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Despite the mounting evidence to the contrary, Jed York really isn't an idiot.
He was smart enough to know, for example, that Jim Harbaugh's departure would be wildly unpopular with his faithful customers. After all, Harbaugh had done more than drag the Niners out of the wilderness. In a way, he'd also sold—at outrageous prices—the seats in York's new stadium, a sterile roasting-pan in a suburb of San Jose. If the faithful paid for Harbaugh's Niners, and if York delivered something less....
Well, like I said, Jed York really isn't an idiot.
So he wanted to make it crystal clear: this wasn't merely his
"This was a mutual decision between Jim and I," he said, exasperated by the persistent doubt. "I don't know what else to tell you. If you refuse to believe that, I can't help you. I don't know what else to say."
But York did
say something else. He dared us to seek out a second opinion. You don't wanna take my
word for it? Fine.
"You can ask Jim if you want."
York might've gotten away with this. If he'd replaced Harbaugh with at least a potential
upgrade, the Niner community might've simply moved on. But after he'd decided on Jim Tomsula—and after he'd discovered, predictably enough, that top assistants don't want to work for empty suits—the scrutiny only intensified. And finally, someone decided to call York's bluff.
And that's when York lost everything.
"I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh said last week. "You can call it 'mutual,' [in the sense that] I wasn't going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn't want anymore."
"But that's the truth of it. I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."
This was what many suspected, of course. But nevertheless, Harbaugh's statement was a very big deal. For the first time, the two sides were at odds in public, and there was no middle ground. One was telling the truth, and one was lying. And, like always, the liar was the one with a reason to lie.
In this case, that's Jed York.
Even by today's low standards of moral conduct, there's something shockingly conniving about York's deception. Whatever his issues with Harbaugh were, he never would've dreamed
of firing him while he was selling those PSLs (or SBLs, or whatever). Once those seats were purchased, though, York wasn't interested in anything else that Harbaugh could sell. Division titles? Respectability? Those things aren't measured in dollars.
So York fired him, but he didn't have the guts to own his decision. He pretended to be a man of courage, a man of integrity—proudly demanding that we hold him "accountable" for what he'd done (though of course he wouldn't explain how we could). Yet when push came to shove, he was too afraid to admit
what he'd done. So, instead, he lied.
And the irony is, if York truly cared about winning Super Bowls, he easily could've defended his decision. All he had to do was say, "I fired Jim because his offensive philosophy was too archaic for true contention." A lot of us might've still complained, but most of us would've understood. And a few of us, myself included, would've even agreed.
But his Super Bowl standard: that's just another
lie. If the Super Bowl is your actual standard, you don't settle for a coaching staff of ragtags and rejects. If the Super Bowl is your actual standard, you do whatever it takes to win. But no matter how often he name-drops his uncle, York just isn't wired that way. After all, he said it himself: "Winning isn't the only thing that matters. Winning with class
is what matters."
Yes, Jed, tell us. Tell us how much class you've got. Lecture
us, as you lie
Dubious ownership is nothing new, of course. But this still feels different, at least to me. When York's parents took over, they didn't pretend to be anything but what they were: accidental owners with virtually zero interest in football. Their most serious crime was trusting Terry Donahue, who drove the franchise into the ground. But Donahue had been handpicked by Bill Walsh himself; any of us would've trusted him too.
When they handed over the reins to Jed, he promised to be something else. A Niner fan, raised in the throes of Niner glory, committed to restoring "a championship culture." Since then, he's made exactly one decision that reflected such a lofty commitment. But after seeing what winning was like—the sacrifices that winning required—he decided, in essence, that he didn't like it. I'm sure he'd rather win than lose. But like he said, winning isn't really what matters. Like any spoiled rich kid, he'd rather just hang out with his buds.
And I, for one, can't tolerate this.
These last six years, we've often discussed the nature of fandom. Many of you have argued that a fan doesn't question, doesn't criticize, and certainly never, ever, gives up. Essentially, you've argued, the relationship between the fan and the team requires commitment from only one side; the fan must invest of his heart and soul—and must even invest of his limited funds—even when he gets nothing back. And, you've argued, he must do so forever
, absolutely no matter what.
This is precisely what York is counting on. He's expecting you to absorb the firing of Harbaugh, the hiring of Tomsula and his pathetic staff, and even to absorb his lies
, and then to simply shrug and say, "I wonder who we'll draft this year." This is precisely why he so boldly invites you to hold him accountable; he's counting on the fact that you won't.
But I, for one, am going to, in the only, very small way that I can. I won't invest of my heart and soul, and I certainly won't of my limited funds. If the Niners win, then good for them (though a Super Bowl
win by this coaching staff is virtually unimaginable); but if they lose, then that'll be merely what York deserves. And no one's ever deserved it more.
Whether this makes me no longer a fan—or whether it makes me the best
kind of fan—well, I'll leave that up to you.
Date: February 23, 2015 at 7:01 PM
Comment: its pretty obvious that the writer of this article either has a woody for jed york or is getting paid to pretend to have one...this is an "it is what it is" world we live in...and im sorry to say, based on the clinical evidence presented in the last month, it is what it is my friend. Don't you ever forget that.
By: Get over it.
Date: February 23, 2015 at 6:26 PM
Comment: Get over it, this is the same guy that will write how smart he was and what a great decision it was to hire Tomsula and his staff. Do I think Tomsula and his staff are great...no. But this guy will change his mind in a blink of a dollar. I say people don't invest into you like I did by reading your stupid piece. Harbaugh had to go... any Niner fan that disagrees is straight stupid. Get over it and please don't let me see you write a peice at the end of the season with an 180 degree different point of view.
Date: February 22, 2015 at 4:23 AM
Comment: the bad thing about those who are self righteous and pontificate to others is that they come off worse when their hypocrisy is revealed. we wanted jed to be a debartolo but hes a york. turn gold into pooh. worse than even the moribito brothers at least they liked football! teh warriors went fro a playoff team to a team coached by the best and are now the best. they didnt go to d league coach with unknown assistants, plus a great hc wanted him in ny. tomsula is another nolan and sing and they believe everyone is too stupid to realize it. a fish rots form the head down!
Date: February 22, 2015 at 3:49 AM
Comment: someone just said that they didn't announce Harbaugh was fired out of respect for Harbaugh. Interesting. Didn't they fire singletary with one game to play in the season and no chance of making the post season? They loved Harbaugh sooooooo much that after the most tremendous instant turn around in the NFL in decades, they tried to trade him after losing by 5 inches in the NFC championship. Then they leaked a million stories to the press on a smear campaign against Jim Harbaugh all season and put him in a position where he's trying to lead a group of men who know his days are numbered. This past season wasn't a loser because of injuries...it was a loser because Trent and Jed tore the heart out of this team and mine right along with it. There were times when I was in such deep sorrow after key losses that you'd think a family member died. Harbaugh in a heat of rage said to York that he never played and doesn't know shit about football and the little Napoleon fired him rather than take him to dinner like a man and mend the relationship. I'm done. I can't look at the Niners without only seeing York and I won't root for Jed. I just won't.
Date: February 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM
Comment: It will be a waste of time watching 49er games next year. They are AT BEST a .500 team with this coaching staff. I believe they are going to be around 5-11 or worse. Anyone that spend money on the 49ers is a fool for putting that money into Yorks pocket. He said "F.U." to the 49er fans by hiring this pathetically cheap coaching staff. We should say the same to him by sitting on our wallets next year.
Date: February 20, 2015 at 1:28 AM
Comment: Steve, I'm actually sort of looking forward to the season, just to see how it all plays out. I think Tomsula is an interesting choice. He has pulled together a staff comprised of guys he has worked with in the past and presumably respects for their abilities. They have Willis Bowman, Ward, and Brock coming back, are probably getting rid of guys like Brooks and Crabtree, both of whom I think I've worn out their welcome and their usefulness, and, because of all the injuries they had last year were able to get guys like Borland, Lynch, and Dontae Johnson valuable game experience. So all in all things could be a lot worse. The big question for me is Kaepernick, his latest stunt on twitter is just another reason to doubt that he is really the best choice to lead this team. But I guess we'll find that out as well.
By: Flaccid Penis In Shoes
Date: February 19, 2015 at 7:47 AM
Comment: It's all about winning with class. Winning with cash, I mean class. That's what I'm all about.
By: Dallas Niner Fan
Date: February 18, 2015 at 3:27 PM
Comment: Actually Steve, there is evidence. First, position coaches who are promoted with little or no head coaching experience don't succeed in the NFL (look it up). Second, success comes from the top and the decisions that management has made has not only been poor but laughable. Also, York himself has said that the only measure of success is to win another SB. That is setting a very high bar. Combine all that with salary cap issues, a tough schedule, trying to replace key players (Gore, Smith, Crabtree) and you have a recipe for disaster. Your right there is no way to know if this coaching staff will be successful. What we do know is that the probability of success as defined by even a winning season is very, very low. About the same as getting a royal flush in poker twice in a row. But, yea Steve, we don't know, that's why they play the games, but how much are you willing to put up for two flushes?
Date: February 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM
Comment: Out of RESPECT for Harbaugh the media was told they mutually parted ways..it was only out of respect to Harbaugh that statement was made in that manner and they didn't say they fired Harbaugh because he was sucking.
Date: February 18, 2015 at 11:50 AM
Comment: Tom thank you! Finally someone rational. Thats the point i tried to make below and was called a "homer and an apologist". In no way will i sit here and say that the Tomsula thing will work out but there is no evidence that says it wont. Boycotting the team and jumping ship at this point in time is only going to make the situation worse. The 49er Faithful needs to get behind this and wait until it ACTUALLY fails rather than ASSUME that all is doomed. We will find out. But we dont know yet.
Date: February 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM
Comment: But that's exactly the point. You don't know that he will be worse, you just assume so because, of course, you know everything there is to know about the 49ers and yours is the only opinion on the subject that matters. That's what makes you such a terrible writer. The question isn't really whether or not Tomsula is a better coach than Harbaugh, the question is whether or not the team will play better under a unified management hierarchy than they did under what had clearly become a dysfunctional situation between Harbaugh and Baalke. Maybe they will maybe they won't but the only way to find out is to let them play the games. Not sit around and whine about it 7 months before the season even begins
By: The Reaper
Date: February 18, 2015 at 8:55 AM
Comment: You wanted this, Jeff. You thought the Niners "could do better." And they didn't! No surprise. And now here you are whining about it. No surprise.
Eat it up, Jeff. Eat it all up, Jeff.
Date: February 18, 2015 at 8:40 AM
Comment: I would argue that Jed York IS an idiot: if he was a fan when the Niners were winning those Super Bowls (exactly how old is he again, anyway?), then he was a fan in 2002 when a winning coach was replaced with a series of lame-o coaches, and we sucked ass for a decade. You'd think he'd apply that past experience to this situation and realize that great coaches aren't easy to come by. I had my beefs with Harbaugh (chronically burning timeouts early in halves, predictable play-calling), but he was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than what we have now--which, you're right, is nothing more than an empty suit, a drone. York is a moron.
Date: February 18, 2015 at 8:34 AM
Comment: Kap you're missing the meat of this entire piece.... Mr Baalke is the guy who had to deal with Harbaugh everyday. Remember the owner (if ignorant about pro football) must rely and trust his GM. The GM despised Harbaugh . York was merely protecting and choosing which person to go forward with knowing GM and Coach could no longer coexist together. Also I sure Harbaugh tended to disrespect the owner on occasions and verbally spit on York concerning York's lack of knowledge and youth. Proof of this lies when Harbaugh was asked to wine and dine advertisers and shows up late dressed like a farm boy and leaves 30 minutes later.
Your distaste for lying maybe warranted.... But we all know this is done ALL the time and pro football and in all walks of business.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 7:07 PM
Comment: Jeff, I agree with you on one and disagree on another: Levis is indeed a sterile roasting-pan! What a chance gone to waste to build an stadium that really pressures visiting teams; but... how can Harbaugh's two trips to NFC championship games and to a SB (which SF was 5 yards away from winning) in three consecutive years not reflect a true contention offensive phylosphy? Anyway, although York is a huge clown, I will be rooting for SF always. Tomsula has my benefit of the doubt. Cheers!
Date: February 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM
Comment: Now it appears that they had Gase, Baalke's choice, but someone then interceded and demanded Tomsula's promotion...was that York?, if so, he is likely putting an end to Baalke's time with the 49ers....it would mean he was over ruled and now has to do the best with what he has..hopefully it will be enough, or is that just blind hope
Date: February 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM
Comment: Terry- Tell me what kind of credibility you bring to the table when every comment you've made on this page is aimed at telling someone else why they're wrong and offering no real input on the matter? You come off as a complete troll who has to have someone to downgrade in order to put anything on here. My Insight: 49ers Fans who think a boycott will change anything are jumping to conclusions before even giving the product a chance to show itself. Your Insight: You are wrong because I say you are and have nothing to back it up. My insight: Harbaugh's attitude became a distraction and a nuissaince that was not worth putting up with once the team began to slide. Your insight: I'm obviously pissed that my loverboy Harbaugh was lied to and therefore you have no credibility. So tell me chump, Did you see a TEAM philosophy that was worth a damn last year or did you see a team that quit on what the coaching staff was trying implement?Everything that kept us from getting #6 can be directly put on Harbaugh and Let me know if I can explain that one to you since you obviously dont pay attention. I hold this franchise accountable for EVERYTHING but I dont hold them accountable for future events
Date: February 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM
Comment: The York's favorite menu item: Blame others Du Jour. This
Tim Kawakami article proves it...."49ers Bits: Unhappiness
with Marathe, do the 49ers think they bought the team in 2005 (google this).
List of things to Blame the York's for: 1. Selling out the
PSL's and Luxury suites, then shopping at the Goodwill for replacement coaches when Mike Holmgren, Shannahan and now it appears (Fangio and Gase) all agreed to head coach the 49ers; 2. No knowledge of a modern passing attack and sticking with a 1940's running game, despite rule changes favoring the forward pass; 15 years and counting since the 49er's developed or drafted a Pro-Bowl Quarterback (that's almost as long as their dynasty era 80's-90's); 4. Using the 3-Stooges plumbing method (attach the water pipes to the electrical, and exhaust pipe of a car) when the sink only leaked---The Niners fixed the offense by firing a Top 5 defensive coordinator and hired his waterboy as headcoach who oversees Kaepernick (being sure to hide Kaepernicks 3/4 release point and current bust status). 5. Fan's choice.
By: Terry B.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM
Comment: Steve, you're not a fan. You're an apologist and a Homer. You have less than zero credibility because you would defend anything the franchise did. Your opinions are therefore worth nothing.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Comment: I mainly agree with your article. Except the last part. I hate york and baalke for what they did, but I am a niner fan no matter what! I'll be numb when this disaster season begins because I dont see a bright future with this pathetic staff.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 10:46 AM
Comment: Yeah, better off to just throw in the towel and sit there and call yourself a faithful fan. Every player on the team seems to believe in Tomsula and wants to play for him but we may as well just ignore every one of Jim Harbaughs shortcomings as a coach and a person, and focus on why Tomsula will fail. Its not like this team has any talent right? So we may as well just write it off as an immediate fail with no sample size whatsoever. Every great coach had to start somewhere is all I was saying. Jim Harbaugh had never won an NFL game when he was hired either. Turned into something pretty good before he got in his own way. All im saying is that if this works out, (which none of you are giving it a chance to and have no argument to base your disloyalty on) you will all be crawling back with your tails between your legs. If Tomsula takes this team to the playoffs and loses, he will have done the same thing that Harbaugh did in each of his seasons as head coach, besides the last year which was by far the worst. Say what you will about my comments, I dont care. I ill stay faithful and wait until a game is played before I knock the new coach.
By: Terry B.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 9:55 AM
Comment: Can we all agree that Steve has now made the worst argument in favor of Tomsula that we're ever likely to see?
"he won the only game he ever coached. I believe that to be a reason why he should get a chance."
Are there no depths to which the homers on this page won't sink?
By: Webzone Commenter
Date: February 17, 2015 at 9:53 AM
Comment: Yeah Jeff, you idiot! As Steve says, Tomsula has a 1.000 winning percentage! That totally dwarfs Harbaugh's number but it still isn't good enough for you. Boy you sure do hate winning.
By: 50 Year FORMER faithful
Date: February 17, 2015 at 9:51 AM
Comment: SPOT ON! Little silver spoon Jed, son of the inept disloyal dentist. THE YORKS CARE ABOUT THE YORKS AND THE YORK'S MONEY, NOTHING ELSE! The "FAITHFUL" is a slogan they stole from the actual faithful season ticket holders who paid dearly to watch bad football turn into a 5 time super bowl winning franchise and then wathc the Greedy lying inept disloyal York Idiots turn it in to a joke of an organization run by a half with rich kid who knows about business football and people than any other owner in the league. Now soccer? Now that you scammed the season ticket holders for the stadium it on to make money elsewhere while you try to make money going 6-10. NOT FROM ME, MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS OR ANY ONE I CAN REACH. STOP SENDING TEH 49ERS MONEY. NO TICKETS, NO JERSEYS, NO NOTHING. UNTIL THE COWARDLY TREASONOUS YORKS SELL THE 49ers to someone honest with integrity and the best interest of more than their own bank account and ego. FU JED, YOU YOU DISLOYAL GREEDY LYING TRAITOR
Date: February 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Comment: So much for the "49er Faithful". Its a joke to me how any of you can sit here in the offseason and talk about how bad everything is going to be before even letting them play a game. Harbaugh ran himself off. I got tired of him just like everyone else that he works around seems to get tired of him as well. Of all the coming and going of coaches this franchise has endured, Jim Tomsula has been a constant on that staff and that says something to me. He may not be the answer, but he won the only game he ever coached. I believe that to be a reason why he should get a chance. I guarantee you he will not put his own personal conflicts between this team and winning or losing games, which Harbaugh seemed unable to avoid. Throwing in the towel as a fan base is not the answer. That sounds nothing like the 49er faithful that makes this franchise so great.
By: Sactown Rams Fan
Date: February 17, 2015 at 8:20 AM
Comment: As a fan of long a long term losing organization, I understand the frustration you all are experiencing. As hard as I try to distance myself from the Rams, I just can't do it. Once the season starts, true fans won't be able stay away. I agree with not spending any of your hard earned money on a team headed by the likes of Jed York.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 7:09 AM
Comment: Someone buy the team from the Dorks. Otherwise we will be in Singletary 2.0 hell for the next 10 years
Date: February 17, 2015 at 7:08 AM
Comment: Jeff Kaplan is spot on! I sold my SBL seats because I will not waste my hard earned dollars on this ownership.
I've had season tickets since '82, stuck through the 2004 season when the team went 0-14-2 in regulation play.
However this ownership with Jed York, a rich kid who quit his first job out of college in less then a year, then mommy and daddy give him an executive position with the Niners is a disgrace.
Trent Baalke's ego is out of control, he is an insecure man that cannot deal with strong personalities such as Harbaugh.
I'll still be a Niner fan watching on TV instead of live. This team will become a laughing stock once again as long as the Yorks retain ownership.
Date: February 17, 2015 at 5:51 AM
Comment: Trent , I hope your ego doesn't get in your way...
I would have been cool if we kept Fangio he is going to make another team stronger an we have downgraded at every coaching position
Having to many cooks in kitchen didn't prove to work
Now you hired a lot of previous coaches with head coaching experience to help support Tomsela ...
Better coordinators would've accomplished this
I hope you draft well cause I think we took big step backwards the Rams are a QB away from being dominant
2012 draft class allowed Seattle to get ahead of us
Please do what is best for players n fans
Date: February 16, 2015 at 10:51 PM
Comment: exactly! #BoycottLevi Been saying it since Harbs was fired. Jed has destroyed our chances at a SB for another 10 years.. I've been a Niner Faithful since I was 14.. I'll continue to be for life to support the players.. But York can go somewhere!! #BringBackEddie
Date: February 16, 2015 at 10:01 PM
Comment: You can bet i will not spend a penny on seeing the 9ers lose. Even if they win i have lost all faith in the club when they fired Jim Harbaugh and I agree with you Jeff Kaplan all the way.
York must really not want to win as you can tell by the lousy coach's he obtained. I feel he let the best ones go so he would not have to pay the better coach's.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 9:17 PM
Comment: Agree 100%. I've been a diehard faithful for more than 50 years, up until Harbaugh's firing. And I can't understand how anyone could possibly believe this was "mutual" if you watched Coach Harbaugh's last press conferences. Decided something was seriously wrong when I cared more about how the team did last season than the owner. Eunuch York is what I now call that gutless, mindless; and if he ever had a pair they're gone now; lying piece of shit. I believe he was personally responsible for all the leaks during the season; and even if it wasn't him then his inability to take control of the situation proves he's in over his head. He wanted us to believe he was like his uncle, and we wanted to; but it's time to accept reality. As long as anyone named York is involved with the 49ers I will find other things to do with MY heart and soul; this fool isn't worth it. So you 'fans' like Christian there; I remember taking shit in high school for being a faithful when we stunk and never wavered thru many, many tough years. To be called soft and weak by someone as mindless as the owner is hilarious; Jeff's right, Eunuch is counting on people like you to keep him in $3,000 suits.
By: Zach Ameen
Date: February 16, 2015 at 9:09 PM
Comment: Dork look goofy in this picture.
By: Lucky Phil
Date: February 16, 2015 at 9:07 PM
Comment: What is truly best for the team is when true fans, like Jeff, express their feelings and disapproval over the decision making and lack of respect this owner has for the fans. An owner that respects its fans and players does not undermine the head coach. This owner trashed our season last year by spreading rumors and spurning decent within the organization. He wanted this team to fail, so he could justify getting rid of JH, Roman and Fangio. An owner that values money more than integrity is in for a rude awakening. I hope all the true fans cancel their season tickets and put their jerseys in a drawer. The only way we our going to get our team back is to make this a$$hole lose his shirt and his Levi's. Lets take back our team and boycott Levi's Stadium. Go Niners! Fuck York!
Date: February 16, 2015 at 7:17 PM
Comment: By the time Jed finally decides that winning and Niner tradition are what matters most, Willis, Gore, Bowman, etc. will be long gone. Either retired, or simply headed to a team in contention for a Superbowl. And with his "luck" Seattle is where OUR talent will go. Too bad Us fans don't actually have a say in what happens.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 6:51 PM
Comment: so lines are drawn and the debate continues. bottom line is..is and was it all worth it?the answer to that will become crystal clear next season.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 5:27 PM
Comment: Good! We don't need weak and soft fans who crumble at the first sign of trouble. Good riddance dude. Go cheer for the Jaguars or something.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 4:21 PM
Comment: Bravo Jeff! Excellent thought process. Lucky Sperm Jed is a weasel. What he and Baalke have created is a rat ship. The Santa Clara 49ers should be boycotted by season ticket holders, an empty stadium would be the best payback to the weasel, better know as Lucky Sperm Jed!
By: Terry B.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 4:08 PM
Comment: Big Al, Harbaugh's deficiencies are mentioned in this very article. Did you even read the whole thing before popping off? Jeff isn't arguing that Harbaugh should have stayed (he was actually a leading voice for replacing him with someone who would run a modern passing offense). He's arguing that Jed is a liar who doesn't really care about winning and who fired Harbaugh for reasons having nothing to do with Harbaugh's deficiencies. Read before responding.
By: Don Hogue
Date: February 16, 2015 at 3:50 PM
By: Michael Ryder
Date: February 16, 2015 at 2:58 PM
Comment: So Jim says he was fired and Jed says it was mutual and so Jed is the liar? Great commentary Jeff. Had to dig deep to draw that conclusion. So I don't suppose that an owner insisting that his head coach fire an assistant, but the head coach refuses can't ultimately be the basis for a mutual parting? I can certainly make a case for that. If coach agrees, then he's still coach. So Jim had a choice, but it wasn't a choice he liked, so he took the Michigan job. Sounds like a plausible scenario. Sounds like mutual parting of the ways. But lets go with the black and white scenario you want to believe because it's so easy to paint management as the bad guy...it's classic. As for me, I've been a 49er fan since 1970. I've seen the last great years of John Brodie through the last positive years of Jim Harbaugh and Co. One thing though, these last 4 years, while we were winning a lot, it felt different. Never felt real great after most wins, because I was exhausted from yelling "why" and praying "just hold on". Shouldn't have had to be that way. Just sayin'. Go Tomsula! Go Niners!
By: Nick S.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 1:53 PM
Comment: Jeff you were THIS close to writing an entire article without making the story about yourself. Also, the first sentence of your second-to-last paragraph is an abomination of the English language.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 1:24 PM
Comment: The truth is he is a spoiled rich kid who never had a real job gets out of college and mommy and daddy give him an NFL team they don't even care about. I have been a fan for 41 years i have seen the good and the great. But the way they treated Harbaugh was sickening. And if Tomsula brown nosed his way in that spells trouble cause if you are real no need to kiss butt. NFL gods help us
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Comment: York Jr. is much better than his parents. He brought hope back by hiring Jim Harbaugh. Now he feels like he is a rainmaker and can make anything happen. I hope is right, but I'm very skeptical.
Kaepernick needs some work, but I think the play calling and injuries were a much bigger problem than him. He wasn't pulling a Jay Cutler with 20 picks. He Quarterbacked the team to a Superbowl and an NFC championship loss to a team that destroyed in the Superbowl in his first two years as a starter. The loss to the Ravens was more poor defense than bad offense.
Jim Harbaugh is stubborn, and isn't a better coach than his brother. Jim always thinks he is right. I still wish he was here.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM
Comment: well done, jeff - I share your sentiments. As for the other knuckle draggers posting here slamming Kaplan, you make me embarrassed as a fan and longtime loyal follower of this franchise. Im aware all organizations share its fair share of morons, but I still expect higher standards from all of you. I suppose thats a misplaced expectation on my part. Oh well. You keep blowing your money on this laughable product while ill start collecting by betting - begrudgingly, of course - against this team under this bumbling singletary 2.0. Have fun.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:33 PM
Comment: Of course idiots start pointing at Kaepernick, obviously not the fans who sat through 6 years of shit with Alex Smith... stay away fake fans, you make us look bad!
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:32 PM
Comment: I had initially thought that the only way to get rid of Roman was to fire Harbaugh...... that doesn't seem to be the case. This makes me sick, & although I have never met him in person, he has always rubbed me the wrong way. He comes across arrogant, sleazy and out of touch with Niner fans - but this is just my opinion.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Comment: The York family has done all it can to run this franchise into the ground. The division titles and super bowl /NFC title appearances that have come in the last few years are attributable to the spark Jim Harbaugh brought to the team. The bottom line is that the front office is feeble and ineffectual and (apart from securing a better field for the team to play on) has done nothing to pave the way for future success. Jed York should take the silver spoon out of his mouth, sharpen it and use it to scratch "I'm a Moron" on the front walkway at Levi Stadium. I miss Eddie D. and Carmen Policy more than ever. May the NFL gods help us and find a way to wrench this team from the grip of the inbred Yorks.
By: Old Dirty G
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:14 PM
Comment: Get rid of Jim and keep a QB that has no accuracy, pocket presence, touch or anticipation. F'n genius York. As long as Kap's the QB , we shall stay in free fall mode.
Date: February 16, 2015 at 12:08 PM
Comment: I will always root for this team. However, I will no longer financially support them. I sold my season tickets and SBL. There is just something about York that rubs me the wrong way....oh I figured it, he's a LIAR